Swedish hard-rockers H.E.A.T. are back with their 6th album to date since the band’s creation in 2007. Titled ‘H.E.A.T. II’, the album is in fact the first to be entirely produced by the band, namely guitarist Dave Dalone and keyboardist Jona Tee. Sure to be a hit with fans, the album is due to be released on 21st February via Earmusic on CD, Vinyl and digital format.
As expected, the album is clean and fresh sounding from the start. The first track ‘Rock Your Body’ introduces the listener to twinkling keyboards that build up the momentum of a classic stomping rock beat. Throw in Dalone’s reverberated guitar riffs and Erik Gronwall’s passionate vocals and you’ve got yourself a hot as hell start to the album.
The sound of a car engine turning over starts the second track ‘Dangerous Ground’, a ‘pedal to the metal’ tune with expeditious and driving drumbeats that knock up the tempo to the max – a seriously fierce contender on the album.
Track 6 ‘Adrenaline’ carries on this theme with another fist-pumping chorus and plenty of feel-good vibes to keep you on your toes and your heart racing. Next up and the first to be released as a single from the album is ‘One By One’, which came out in September 2019 to give listeners a taste of what’s to come.
With 11 tracks in total on this album, we’re treated to only one rock ballad. ‘Nothing to Say’ reveals a softer side of the album and shows that H.E.A.T. can be just as versatile as any other rock band and pull off a ‘love song’ that exudes class and talent.
‘Under The Gun’ however, heads back to a more classic rock sound with Dalone laying down some fundamental guitar topped off with more finger-picking pitch shifter riffs.
‘Rise’ is the final track on the album and the second single to have been released and of course, Dalone strikes again by executing one of the most opulent solos on the album.
Produced and mastered to perfection, every track radiates an immense volume of energy that saturates your ears with adrenaline-pumping drumbeats, melodic vocals and a hysterical amount of riffs that you could only dream of being able to replicate. Gronwall’s vocals are full of strength throughout the album and with Dalone’s dexterous guitaring, backed by epic 80’s rock drumming, the result is an overwhelming powerhouse of rock anthems.‘We Are Gods’.
No one could disagree that. H.E.A.T. has unleashed a scorcher of an album and as first-time producers, one to be especially noble of.
H.E.A.T. embark on their European Tour starting in Stockholm on 28th February and finishing in the UK at the end of May 2020.
H.E.A.T II is released on 21st February via EarMusic on CD, Vinyl and digital format.
Review: Emma Painter
- Rock Your Body
- Dangerous Ground
- Come Clean
- We Are Gods
- One By One
- Nothing To Say
- Heaven Must Have Won An Angel
- Under The Gun